Color Index Turtleback – Apr 12 2002
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However, the author provides recipes (CMYK and RGB values) "checked for accuracy", never stating on what media those values may be valid. He then excuses himself by saying that "the potential for error exists". The implication that a set of CMYK values is in any way "accurate" beyond the inks and papers used for this particular publication is so, eh, mid-1990s. A true, but technically more challenging statement of the color values should have been made with device independent Lab values. Then anyone with Adobe Photoshop, for example, could reproduce the samples on his or her own media. This is, in fact, what Pantone does.
And aspiring web designers beware! The author clearly has little but old and second-hand knowledge of the facts of color on the web. He describes the anachronistic "browser safe" colors as if most computer users still had old 8-bit (256 color) monitors, and as if there was ever color consistency across them. In those bad old days we fought dithering (the "speckles") in solid fills by choosing from amongst the 216 colors Macs and PC monitors had in common.
Those days, except for some dusty intranets here and there, are gone. deceased. expired. However, neither then nor now could we count on consistency on our viewers' monitors--unless we can strongarm our audience into calibrating and profiling them.
These particular rants aside (the writer sighs benignly), the color examples are truly wonderful, useful, and inspiring.
In short, fabulous for samples, but not for accuracy of data.
The back cover reads: 'An abundance of creativity--at a glance' and I think it is safe to agree with that statement. It sure is one quick reference book; no frills to divert the task at hand...picking the right #@!* colour!
I think his initiative to have cut out masks (1 black, 1 white) at the end, used to separate the colors is really excellent as well!
Except for showing RGB, CMYK and HEX values it has a great little example on how to use colored backgrounds that complement a photo or illustration. At least I find it very useful to be reminded of that every now and then!
For it is well-known that engaging the reader, student in the process of learning is indeed the best way to keep focus on what is going on - shows the authors insight in psychology as well.
In addition to saying the book's size is great I have to say that the prize is great too..
The color schemes are organized by category ("Quiet", "Natural", "Restrained Chic", etc.), and each is presented in three different ways - as a set of plain vertical bars, as a homogenous pattern, and used in a simple iconic design. Throughout the book are brief passages on different color techniques ("Unexpected Color", "Muting", etc.), which help stimulate brainstorming and experimentation.
The book is well-made, too - it's printed on sturdy paper, conveniently sized, and thoughtfully bound in a waterproof vinyl cover. Stick it in your pocket or backpack and take it anywhere.
A great practical purchase (or gift!) for any graphic designer.
This book is always by my side. Its schemes are fantastic in cmyk, rbg and websafe. Its categories are much better than most of the color guides I've seen (and bought).
What's more - its size and sturdy plastic covers are great - and unlike almost every other design reference book I own - THE BINDING IS SEWN - so THE PAGES WON'T FALL OUT. There is nothing more infuriating than a good reference that falls apart before it even gets a good try. Everyone else who reviewed this book mentioned its many other fine points. But I have to add this one, particularly after the glue on one of my Robin William's books melted on a first read. This BOOK IS VIRTUALLY INDESTRUCTIBLE. Worth every penny!
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This is a wonderful book to keep as a reference for any type of graphic design project. The small, but extremely useful, book size allows you to keep the book handy on your desk at... Read morePublished on April 13 2004 by A. Farrington
Although not a professional, this guide helped me with understanding color how to deal with printers in that medium. Thanks!Published on March 23 2004 by Non-Trade Print Buyer
This is a terrific book for the novice or the veteran user, whether you are into web design or vector / raster graphics. Read morePublished on Sept. 16 2003
Just received this book yesterday and already have used it!
This book is a wonderful tool for the graphic designer and it would be a compliment to any Colour Theory class.
This book is a beautiful, compact treasure!
Never before have I seen so many quality combinations of color intelligently organized into one volume. Read more
I recently purchased this book and was somewhat dissapointed because I was not expecting a pocket size design book. Of course I should have read the dimensions of only 1.07 x 5. Read morePublished on Oct. 23 2002
This book is a compact (4.5"x6") compilation of color schemes that I intend to keep close to my computer for a long time. Read morePublished on Aug. 28 2002
This little book is never far from my hands. It provides wonderfully inspiring color schemes and variations, classified by mood and period, that provide the seeds of great... Read morePublished on Aug. 27 2002 by FKC
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